In what was a “typical”, back-and-forth NBA affair, the Philadelphia Sixers emptied their bag of tricks in order to outlast the Milwaukee Bucks by a 115-107 margin in overtime.
Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner led the way for Philadelphia with 25 and 27 points respectively, but it was a total team effort for the Sixers as they placed 5 different players in double figures with 12-or-more points. Hawes had the best overall night at the office, posting those 25 points (on 11 for 16 shooting) and adding 12 rebounds, but his defense was spot-on also, holding opposing center Zaza Pachulia to just 7 points in 34 minutes.
As for the aforementioned Turner, the former Ohio State star had a typically balanced 27-point, 6-rebound, 3-assist night, and he is quickly shedding the label as an overhyped top prospect with consistent production this season. Surprisingly, the Sixers also got 16 points (on only 9 shot attempts) from little-known Hollis Thompson off of the bench, and that was utterly key in propelling Philly to a wild home win.
As a team, the Sixers shot a blistering 57% from the field in this game, and frankly, the result shouldn’t have been as close as it was. Philly won in spite of a mind-boggling 26 turnovers in one of the crazier box scores that you’ll ever see, but with the win, the Sixers vault to a very respectable 6-8, further making the pundits who doubted them (myself included) look silly.